Crochet Zebra Square Pattern | Wildlife Animal CAL Part 5

May 3, 2024 | Crochet patterns

This crochet Zebra Square is the May square and square #5 in the Wildlife Animal Square Blanket crochet a long. A free crochet square pattern by Nana’s Crafty Home!

The Zebra Square is Part 5 of the Wildlife Animal Blanket CAL.

Zebra Square free crochet pattern

This adorable crochet zebra square captures the all the cuteness of a zebra featuring his stripes and mane.

This free crochet zebra pattern is part of the Wildlife Animal Blanket CAL and if you would like all the details on this year-long event you can find it on the blog

Crochet Zebra Square Pattern Details

These “circle in a square” squares begin as a double crochet circle and then the circle is squared off for easy joining.  The main portion of the circle in a square uses all beginner-friendly crochet stitches – single, half double, double crochet stitch and treble stitches.

zebra crochet square process

Once the main square is complete you will crochet applique pieces – eyes, muzzle, nostrils, stripes, mane and ears – then sew them to the front of the square. The nostrils are sewn to the zebra’s muzzle before being sewn to the square.

This square works up to a large 14″ x 14″ square. Perfect size for a matching pillow! 

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Instead of using plastic safety eyes for my zebra square crochet pattern, I am using my double crochet cartoon Crochet Eyes. These are the same crochet eyes I have used for my previous blankets and I just love how much personality they add! I have a complete photo and video tutorial for the crochet eyes to help you make them as well.

Zebra crochet square applique process

My free crochet zebra square pattern and the entire Wildlife Animal Blanket use Red Heart Super Saver* which is a medium worsted weight acrylic yarn.  Very economical and with plentiful color options! You can certainly substitute your favorite worsted weight yarn – Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn!, Red Heart With Love, Paintbox Simply Aran, Vanna’s Choice, Big Twist Value, Caron Simply Soft, Caron One Pound and so many more!  Raid your yarn stash – even mix and match.

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Zebra Square free crochet pattern

Pattern written in US crochet terminology

Supplies:

Red Heart Super Saver Weight 4 / Medium (100% acrylic)

  •     White 2.0 oz / 106 yds (White) 
  •     Frosty Green 1.5 oz / 80 yds (Green)
  •     Black 0.4 oz / 21 yds (Black)
  •     Light Gray 0.4 oz / 21 yards (Gray)
  •     Turqua 0.01 oz / 1 yard (Blue)

Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Scissors
Stitch marker (optional)
Tapestry needle

Approximate finished size:  14” square

Gauge: First 4 rounds = 4” / 4 dc sts = 1”

Abbreviations:

  • MC = magic circle
  • ch(s) = chain(s)
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • tr = treble
  • sp = space
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sk = skip
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • WS = wrong side
  • RS = right side

Pattern Notes:

  • Ch 3 at beginning of each round counts as first dc stitch.
  • Ears, eyes, muzzle, stripes, mane and nostrils are worked separately and then sewn to front of panel.

Recommended Tutorial:

Crochet Eyes in 3 Sizes Tutorial

Pattern Instructions

With white, make MC.

Round 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in MC, join with sl st in top of ch-3 and tighten ring. (12)

Round 2: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st in top of ch-3. (24)

Round 3: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (36)

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last st, 1 dc in last st, sl st in top of ch-3. (48)

Round 5: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (60)

Round 6: Ch 3, 1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last 2 sts, 1 dc in last 2 sts, sl st in top of ch-3.  (72)

Round 7: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 5 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 5 sts,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (84)

Round 8: Ch 3, 1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last 3 sts, 1 dc in last 3 sts, sl st in top of ch-3.  (96)

Round 9: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 7 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 7 sts,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of first st. (108)

Fasten off white.

Round 10: Join green in first st, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, tr in next 4 sts, *(2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next sttr in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, tr in next 4 sts,* repeat from * to * two times; (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next st, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sl st in first st. (120 + 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 11: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, tr in next 4 sts, *(2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in ch-2 sp, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, tr in next 4 sts,* repeat from * to * two times; (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in ch-2 sp, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sl st in first st. (136 + 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 12 – 13: Ch 3 (counts as first st), *dc in each st to next ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st top of ch-3.  (152 round 12, 168 round 13)

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Ears (make 2)

With black, ch 7.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, hdc in next 2 chs, dc in next 2 chs, 6 dc in last ch, rotate work to begin working in unused loops of foundation ch; dc in next 2 loops, hdc in next 2 loops, sc in last loop. (16)

Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off black.

Row 2: Join white to first st of row 1 with sl st, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st, (dc, tr, dc) in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sc in next 6 sts. (20)

Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off and weave in remaining ends. 

Eyes (make 2)

With black, make MC.

Round 1: (RS) Ch 3, 10 dc in MC, join with sl st in top of ch-3, tighten ring. (11)

Fasten off black, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Row 2: Join blue in first st of round 1, sl st in next 5 sts.

Fasten off blue.

Row 3: Join white in first st of round 1 (behind slip stitches of row 2), sl st in next 5 sts.

Fasten off white, leaving a long tail for embroidery of eye.

With long tail of white, embroider center of eye.

Weave in remaining ends not left for sewing.

Muzzle

With gray, make MC.

Round 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in MC, join with sl st in top of ch-3 and tighten ring. (12)

Round 2: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st in top of ch-3. (24)

Round 3: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (36)

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last st, 1 dc in last st, sl st in top of ch-3. (48)

Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

Nostrils (make 2)

With black, ch 4.

Round 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc in next ch, 3 sc in last ch, rotate work to begin working in unused loop of foundation ch; sc in next loop, 2 sc in last loop, sl st to first st. (8)

Fasten off.

Mane

With black, ch 10.

Row 1: Sl st in second ch from hook, (ch 10, sl st in second ch from hook and in each ch, sl st in next st) 8 times. (8 fringes)

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

Stripes (make 6)

With black, ch 8.

Row 1: (RS) Sl st in second ch from hook, sc in next 2 chs, hdc in next 2 chs, dc in last 2 chs.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Assembly 

Note:  Sew following pieces to RS of square.

With long tails, nostrils to muzzle.

With long tails, sew ears to top of face.

With long tails, sew muzzle to face.

With long tails, sew eyes to face.

With long tails, sew stripes to face.

Fold ends of mane together and with long tail, sew mane to face. 

Weave in remaining ends.

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Hi! Thank you so much for being here! I am Tonya the designer behind Nana's Crafty Home. As a wife, mother, Nana of 9 & with 2 fur babies, my days are filled with love, laughter, hugs and yarn! Here you will find colorful and creative crochet designs for yourself or loved ones. My hope is that you will be inspired to learn and create along with me!